National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
John Hasper, an avid collector and promoter of Slovenian and Cleveland-Style polkas,
was born and raised in The Netherlands. He developed his love of polkas and waltzes
from his Father and Uncle who were constantly playing and listening to this music.
Their favourite artists - Frankie Yankovic, Eddie Habat, Johnny Pecon, Kenny Bass,
Johnny Vadnal and Walter Ostanek - became his favourite artists. His passion to "save
the music" stems from his extensive collection of 78s, 45s, LPs, cassettes and 8-tracks
as he is busy filtering and digitizing this music.
Since 2007 his website Polkas.nl, the largest polka website in the world, has been
on-line. It has more than 1,000 web pages with information about polkas and the musicians.
Polkas.nl and his YouTube channel with the same name each have had more than one
million unique visitors and each year this number keeps growing. In 2016 he released
his 10th CD on the Polkas.nl label. Many of these CDs have been donated to the National
Cleveland-Style Hall of Fame to help raise funds. John also has a music program in
Europe called Polka Time, which highlights Slovenian & Cleveland-Style Polka music.
Hasper's Polka is a song named in his honor.
He is also the web master of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and